This is interview was originally published on Daily Metal
INTERVIEW: MICKEY BOARDMAN
“Fashion is amazingly glamorous”
Mickey Boardman aka “Mr. Mickey” works as Editorial Editor at Paper Magazine. He is a twentyone century guy, a real Super Star on social networks, passionate of royal families, their histories and gossips, and he is present in every important fashion event.
Mickey is a shinning person, not only for his sequined and embroidered top’s and cardigans, but also because he illuminates people surrounding him. His white smile and his charisma makes everybody else love him.
Talking to him is delightful as he is funny, talented and bright! So here we are going to chat about his passions and how fashion has changed from the moment he started as an intern at Paper Mag.
Fabrizzio Morales-Angulo: During the last sixteen years you have been working at Paper Mag, and contributing in a lot of different medias. Can you make us a short recapitulation of all of these years? Mickey Boardman: I’ve actually been at Paper for 22 years! It’s the only real job I’ve ever had. I started as an intern while I was in school at Parsons studying fashion design. I always loved magazines and Paper was my favorite. I was an intern there because a friend of a friend worked there and suggested it. I never thought you could really have a job at a magazine. I ended up failing a class my last year in Parsons and didn’t graduate. Right when I failed the class someone at Paper quit and they hired me to answer the phones as receptionist until they figured out what to do. I never left.
FMA: Do you see big differences in “Fashion World” from your beginnings to now? MB: Totally. When I started going to fashion shows it was really really really just the fashion press and a few friends of the designers. It was more casual and fun. Now it’s really a parade of crazy people mobbing the place before you even get inside. There are so many magazines and website and blogs and celebrities and crashers. It’s more grueling just to get to your seat! Nonetheless it’s still pretty fabulous. Also when I started in the early 90s editors were NOT celebrities. Now thanks to social media and all the coverage of fashion week we’re all treated like stars and have fans. I’m not complaining about that.
FMA: You live and breathe fashion every day and you look happy and healthy, so all urban legends about how horrible is working on fashion are probably just that, legends? MB: Fashion is very extreme. It’s amazingly glamorous and amazing grueling. You meet the most incredible, gorgeous, creative people and you also have to drag garment bags of clothes to shoots, scramble to arrange shoots with no budget and run around town all day long in uncomfortable shoes on appointments. I’m not complaining. I love it. If you love it you don’t mind the difficult stuff as much. When you see an incredible show or so a shoot you’re obsessed with you’re reminded why you love fashion.
FMA: I know you are very Eco-Friendly person, and try to wear brands with the same principles, so who are your favourite eco-friendly designers? MB: Really I’m cruelty-free more than eco-friendly. I’m vegetarian and wear no leather, suede or animal products. Stella McCartney is my role model although she’s fully vegan meaning no eggs, cheese etc. My policy is nothing dies. I don’t think we need to kill any living thing particularly if it’s just to adorn ourselves. If you need a fur coat to make you feel like you’re fabulous, I hate to tell you. You’re not fabulous. That said, I have plenty of friends who wear fur, some only vintage and some new. I respect other opinions. I hope by being cruelty-free people become aware that you can still dress like a crazy person and not kill any living creatures.
FMA: Mixing your passions, Royalty and Fashion, what do you think about Queen Maxima choosing a young designer as Jan Taminau to design the dress she wore at her husband´s investiture? MB: I think one role of a first lady or royal family member is to be an ambassador for her country and that includes showcasing local designers. I think it’s fabulous that the Queen chose a young designer. Mrs Obama has shown that a high profile woman wearing a young designer can really be a huge boost to the designer’s business. You can’t buy that kind of good press so it’s really a big deal.
FMA: On your opinion, which family could be considered as the American royalty? Or better give me one from the east coast and another from the west coast. MB: Well the Kennedys are pretty tough to beat for that. Or if you’re a Republican you might say the Bushes. For the West Coast I’ll go with the Kardashians. They’re trashy but they’re royalty!
FMA: At Fashion System, who could be crowned as King and Queen? Who could you see wearing a fur-trimmed ceremonial mantle? MB: Well since you’re a Spanish site I would say the Duke of Feria is King and I’m Queen. Nobody would wear anything with fur trim. We would wear outfits from Scalpers which is the Duke’s fashion line!
FMA: If you could live in a fairy tale, which character would you choose? MB: I love to kiss and I enjoy napping so I guess I would be Sleeping Beauty.
Foto: Fabrizzio Morales-Angulo